A BUSY road in rural Northumberland is to close for two months this Autumn.

Redesmouth Road, which links Bellingham and Redesmouth to the A68 junction at Birtley, will be completely closed to traffic from September 1 to November 2.

The closure will allow

Northumberland County Council to carry out essential maintenance and refurbishment to the old bridge over the River Rede at the foot of the Mission Bank.

Drivers and cyclists will be forced to make a 8.5-mile diversion via West Woodburn and Ridsdale, instead of the usual five-mile journey.

It’s estimated that the diversion will add another six minutes to journey time for drivers and another 22 minutes for cyclists.

Brian Tilley, Bellingham Parish Councillor, said: “The road is a well-used as a shortcut from the A68 to get to Kielder Water.

“This will put additional pressure on the narrow road from West Woodburn to Bellingham.”

Before the full closure in Autumn, the road will also be closed between 9am and 3pm from May 3 to May 7. The road was temporarily closed in 2019, also for maintenance work.